Beyerdynamic took their Amiron Home and turned it into a closed-back headphone with wireless and smart capabilities. The result? The Amiron Wireless: a versatile mid-fi headphone that toes the line between portability and hi-fi.
Who is it for?
I want to tackle this question first because the Amiron Wireless occupies an uncommon place in the market: a $550 wireless headphone without noise cancelling.
I believe this headphone is ideal for someone looking for a headphone that can “do-it-all” in home and work environments. Yes, it’s closed-back and wireless (with wired option), which is part of the recipe for portability, but its large size and lack of noise cancelling makes it inconvenient for that. However, the aptX HD and aptX LL compatibility allow you to stream music, movies, and games wirelessly in HD (with solid sound reproduction) without lag. If you’re trying to simplify your audio setup at home and work, the Amiron Wireless might be your ticket.
Build Quality, Design, and Comfort
The metal headband-to-ear-cup connection (is there a name for this??) reminds me of V-MODA headphones. Very sturdy. They adjustment is notched and clicks into place so setting it to the right size is easy.
The inside of the headband isn’t made of the same material as the side metal bridge, which I can tell because the metal doesn’t bend but the headband does. This allows the headband to stretch to fit different head sizes. The ear cups swivel up/down and side-to-side a sufficient amount, so I think these headphones would fit comfortably on most people.
Note that the ear cups don’t swivel beyond 10° in either direction, so they were pretty uncomfortable when I tried to wear them around my neck. It felt like I was wearing a scarf. And I hate scarves. Another reason why they’re not great for travel.
The cloth/foam ear pads are decent but nothing special. They seem to be a standard shape/size so you can look into custom ear pads if you don’t fancy the stock ones.
There are two color options: Black and Copper. I was told by Beyerdynamic that the Copper option is a limited production run but did not receive any details beyond that.
In the packaging, the Copper comes with an insert that states it “contains elements of real copper” and “due to the natural features of copper, colour variations and changes may occur”. “These variations add to the unique characteristics of your headphone and represent perfect imperfections”.
The outer ring on ear cup is the part that is made of copper. It looks really nice! The headband is outlined in a copper-colored fabric to keep the color scheme going. It would be cool if they incorporated copper into the headband. However that would have required a redesign of the headband. In this case we’re just dealing with a different color option and not a completely different headphone from the standard black version. There are a few minor differences besides color if you look close in the photo above.
They come with a travel case which is a welcome addition, but they are quite bulky to travel with.
Overall the build is solid and on par with what I expect from a $550 headphone. The only thing I can think of that is missing is a 3.5mm to ¼” plug adapter, but you can pick one up for like 50 cents if you need one for your DAC.
I spent about 2 weeks with the Amiron Wireless, with 15-20 hours listening. Note that the Amiron Wireless (along with the Lagoon ANC) are my first experiences with Beyerdynamic headphones. Hopefully soon I'll be able to test other headphones in their lineup, as I'm curious how they compare to Beyer's popular DT series.
The overall sound signature of the Amiron Wireless (pre-EQ of course) is balanced with a medium-heavy tilt to brightness. The Lagoon ANC is also bright. Perhaps this describes the “Beyerdynamic sound”?
In any case, the Amiron Wireless responds well to EQ-ing (I use a free app on my Android phone and Foobar 2000 on Windows). I was able to tweak the sound signature to my preferences (more bass, less prominent mids). It’s not a headphone for bassheads, but you can EQ the bass pretty heavy and it responds well.
Soundstage is really good for a closed-back headphone but instrument placement is not particularly great. instruments sound like they are placed in the center and dissipate outwards. This results in a sound that is spacious (good soundstage) yet intimate (instruments placed closely).
The biggest shortcoming with the sound to my ears is the lack of detail and texture in the mids, making for a bit of a dry sound. For example cymbals sound like they are held back in shimmer. That being said, these headphones somehow excel with rock music. Indie rock, classic rock, metal... you name it. Any type of rock music sounds really good on these. When I put on Jimi Hendrix, the recording came alive. Such an awesome feeling!
Genre-wise, these headphones handle all genres well with the exception of hip-hop. It might be that the soundstage is too big for the vocals? And the bass isn’t prominent enough? I’m not sure, but it’s not particularly enjoyable. If you love hip-hop, avoid the Amiron Wireless. Compare this to the WH-1000XM3 which have a small soundstage and powerful bass and pull off hip-hop really well.
Sound Quality Comparisons
Beyerdynamic Lagoon ANC
The Amiron Wireless has a significantly wider and deeper soundstage, better instrument separation, tighter bass, and overall higher resolution across the board. While the Lagoon sounds more “in your head”, the Amiron sounds like you’re a spectator (largely a result of the soundstage / ear cup acoustics).
The Sony has more powerful and engulfing bass and warmer sound overall, but detail and soundstage are much better on the Amiron Wireless. I prefer the Amiron Wireless in all genres except for modern pop and hip-hop.
Sennheiser HD 700
The HD 700 has more detail and accuracy in the mids while the Amiron Wireless has better lateral and depth imaging. This is impressive for a closed-back vs. semi-closed-back headphone.
Sound Quality Summary
You can see that the Amiron Wireless outclasses the other headphones I compared it to. As it should -- it’s significantly more expensive.
I’ll come back and update this post when I am able to compare it to more of its direct competitors in the $500-$1000 range.
Given that all three of these are reputable headphones at their respective prices, I think it’s fair to say that you get your money’s worth of sound quality for the $550. I wouldn’t say it punches above its weight for the price, but it’s no slouch either. It’s a great sounding headphone assuming you like that “airiness” soundstage feel and you’re not a bass lover.
Connections & Controls
A quick overview of the input controls. The right ear cup houses all the smarts:
- USB-C port for charging
- Power button / LED info indicator
- 3.5mm audio input for Wired mode (no battery required)
- Right earcup touch controls for volume, previous/next track, pause/play, accept/reject calls, and access to the smart assistant.
On my unit, the touch controls stopped working after about 2 weeks. However this is something that is covered under Beyerdynamic’s 2 year warranty.
It is lacking some of the advanced controls that the Sony WH-1000XM3 has, for example, reading & responding to messages on your phone as they come in. But I don’t think this would be a dealbreaker for anyone.
Wireless Connectivity & Battery life
Battery life is very good. I was able to get 25-30 hours on medium volume which matches what is advertised.
On the wireless connectivity front, I did not have a great experience, running into occasional hiccups. Sometimes it would break up like it’s out of range even when I was close to the device. Also, a few times it reconnected to my device when it was already connected (the assistant voice said “device connected” interrupting the music, then it continued playing). These issues were rare but still happened nonetheless.
It’s hard to know how much of the connectivity issues are caused by the headphones vs my devices vs my operating conditions (in an apartment complex) vs. the bluetooth technology itself, but basically the takeaway is that the wireless connectivity was not flawless even with pretty modern devices..
The Amiron Wireless are running Bluetooth 4.2, the same version as the Sony WH-1000XM3, and I didn’t run into issues with the Sony.
If you are easily bothered by the occasional hiccup, you might want to get a headphone with the latest version of Bluetooth. On a premium device like this, I’d expect it to support the latest version.
Bonus smart features with the MIY app
If you download the Beyerdynamic MIY app you can access some customization options:
- MOSAYC Sound personalization - Take a sound test in the app to test your hearing at different frequencies to create a “sound personalization” profile. For me, this seemed to boost the mids and treble. For a headphone already on the bright side, this seemed unnecessary so ironically I preferred the non-personalized sound signature and turned it off. Obviously results may vary.
- Adjust touch sensitivity for the ear cup’s touch controls
Priced currently at $550, the Amiron Wireless is a good buy if you’re looking to upgrade your home or work setup with a more hi-fi headphone (and have $550 to spend, of course). Bass-heads and hip-hop-heads should stay away but it sounds great with all other genres. It is a sturdy, well-built, premium looking headphone that has all the features you’d really need in a wireless headphone.
Pro tip for buyers
If you end up buying these headphones, make sure to upgrade the firmware right away. Initially I had some issues connecting with the Beyerdynamic MIY app. Upgrading to the latest firmware fixed it immediately.
Source gear used in this review
- Audioquest Dragonfly Black USB DAC/Amp v1.2
- LG G8 ThinQ Android phone
- iPad 7 (2019)
- Spotify “Very High” setting (320 kbps)
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